Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Road Trip Honeymoon- Day 2

Antique Depot in Duncansville

Underwood 5. A little beat, but alright price.

Royal Electric.

Awesome old firetruck. Bigger than it looks.

Leila next to old firetruck.

First typewriter spotting in Ohio. Royal KHM

Right next to the Royal, a cute little Skyriter.

Nice Remington desktop. Unfortunately, the carriage was seized to an insane degree.

Ram hoof coat hanger. Oh, the lust...

Leila next to full body antelope (or some such animal).

Hope you enjoyed the second installation of our trip.

In recent news, I picked up a Corona 4 yesterday from a Craigslist ad, including one of those cute little pocket oilers. The typewriter works well enough, but will need a good cleaning and oiling before it is up to grade. Also, I believe it has been repainted, as there is some chipping above the 'Corona' decal and the word 'Four' is absent.

I stopped at a local Restore (thrift store that benefits Habitat for Humanity) on a whim, hoping to find a typewriter or at least another typewriter table. I walked the store once and only found some Panasonic electronic. I browsed the books for a good 20 minutes, finding some old sci-fi novels (a few hokey ones, but I love em) and a compilation of William S. Burrows novels. Naked Lunch is absent, but it includes three other novels. Deciding to walk the store once more, I found it. Buried underneath a bunch of bric-a-brac was a Hi Lo table. It is not as nice as some of the ones I have seen, this being a more recent one, but it was still a steal at $10. The cashier told me of a shop down the street that has some typewriters for sale. Dashing out the door and to said shop, I found it to be one of those artsy/hipster deals. A Smith Corona Silent Secretarial was priced at $200, some sears electric for $80, a Lettera 22 for $80 and an Olympia SM3 for $110. Out of my price range for common machines, to be sure, but it was nice to see some typewriters for sale. Perhaps those sorts of prices will keep them from becoming too 'trendy', and eventually cause prices to stay lower. We can only hope.


  1. Sounds like you are having fun. The typewriter prices are way out of line. Maybe the sellers saw some of the TV segments and thought they could make a killing.

  2. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew it was going to be like that. A bunch of turntables, vinyl records, books you just KNOW they purchased at thrift stores and marked them up 2000%. Oh well, worth checking out anyway. It is getting hard to find typewriters in Pennsylvania. I can be out antiquing and at flea markets an entire weekend ( generally what happens) and maybe find one or two. Of course, they are overpriced, common machines as well. That's why the road trip was so much fun. Northern god, the typewriters. I'll get to that in the next post. :)

  3. What a fun blog! Welcome to the Typosphere, Ken! I look forward to reading future installments.


    You've packed a lot of information into your posts so far -- a very interesting honeymoon!

    Isn't it amazing how quickly word can spread about new blogs in the Typosphere? There's always room for one more...or two...or a hundred...just like typewriters.

    It sounds like you've got a good collection of machines already. It will be great to hear about your further adventures.

    1. Cameron,
      I hope I am not jamming too much into one post. I figured a post per day we were on the road would be appropriate. The post for the day after this one will be even longer and very image heavy. Very good day for typewriters.
      I absolutely love your blog. Have been reading it a while now, and I am so happy that you seem to be enjoying my musings. I appreciate your taking the time.

      I have a modest collection of about 50 machines, with a few more on the way and in the works. I don't know what the average is, but I have been collecting seriously for a little under 6 months now and have learned so much in the process. :)